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William C Balentine

Military

Radio operator, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW).
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People

  • Lloyd Duke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Genz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Evaded. ...

  • William Keays

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    May - August 1943. Navigator, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Allen Kellogg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded in the right leg while in the aircraft. Had met up...

  • Matthew Kowalski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Mizell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Possibly Evaded, EVD report not found.

  • Robert Nelson

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot ; Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Painter crew. Group Operations officer flying as the Deputy Group lead. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR...

  • Jack Painter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Painter crew. 381st BG,532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Killed in Action (KIA). Body found in the plane. Buried...

  • Everett Ragan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Observer | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Tail gunner, Observer, Painter crew. 381st BG, 432nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War at...

  • Norman Whitman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Graduated Aerial Gunner School Class 41-49 at Tyndall Field, Florida on 08 December 1942. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30020 "Sweet Eloise"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-N] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Pilot: 1LT Jack Painter, Co-pilot: 2LT Everett Ragan, Navigator: 2LT William Keays, Bombardier: 2LT Lloyd Duke, Flight...

  • 42-30140 King Malfunction II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 2/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 23/6/43; Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2018 03:59:48 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and unit associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 02:26:50 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 379 / MACR 379, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 145,-242-3 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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